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Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810979993
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810979994
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.2 x 14 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,765 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Daniel Donahue is an artist, designer, songwriter, and amateur historian and collector of counter-culture memorabilia. He lives in Brooklyn.
MGMT is an alternative neopsychedelic band based in Brooklyn. Their debut release, Oracular Spectacular, was named best album of 2008 by NME.

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I hope they put out another one of these books.
Ryan Haran
The posters represented in this book look absolutely spectacular under 365nm UV light.
Waui
He'll have some great vintage black light posters to hang up in his swinging pad.
C. Reece

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 10, 2012
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In my 1967 UC Berkeley apartment hung two blacklight posters: one of an Escher drawing and the other of a dazzling distant city skyline overseeing an orange and green landscape. I had hoped that this book would include similar fluorescent posters from 1966 to 1968, the early innovative days of this art when mind and alternative realities were subjects of exploration. Instead, the book is heavy on early 1970 shallow, pseudo-hippie and hippie-inspired pop works and later ever more garish fantasies. A couple early Crumb works, however, are included. Several other posters---one based on the 19th-century art and philosophy of Geroge Catlin, an artist who painted Native Americans; one depicting the Rolling Stones; and several geometric patterns---are more worthy in my view. The real test was when at night I put the book's pages to ultra-violet illumination. Despite my reservations on content, the 69 fluorescent wonders stood out and I could again appreciated the effect. Some historical background on the art is included. The book of posters certainly is unusual (how many offer actual fluorescent printing?) and recommend it as a supplement to books that present old Fillmore and Avalon Ballroom posters with their neo-Art Nouveau text and graphic approaches.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By C. Reece on February 18, 2013
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I bought this for my 41/2 year old son to look at. I went through this book completely beforehand. I dissasembled the binding and pulled out the age-approptiate posters and hung them in his bedroom. There's a bunch of these, design oriented in nature, and I put about 12 on his wall with poster putty, and some screw-in flourescent spiral light bulbs of course. There's many more posters than that left in this collection. The remaining posters have a bunch of cartoon naked hippy chicks, revolutionary political themes, prominent boobs, positive drug use messages and such, standard fare of the more obvious blacklight poster purchasing demographic. I'll put the book away and give it back to him when he's going to college. He'll have some great vintage black light posters to hang up in his swinging pad.

Really, lots of good size (11 x 14 or so) blacklight posters. Great purchase at a great price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rebeleigrath on July 17, 2012
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THIS IS A FANTASTIC BOOK. All of the posters glow vibrantly under blacklight and I never get tired of them. I cut them out to use as actual posters, instead of just flipping through the book. Instead of buying one big blacklight piece, buy this instead. Worth the price as you get so much blacklight material!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Danno VINE VOICE on May 8, 2012
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Unless you've already looked for reproductions of the trippy types of artwork similar to that which once advertised acid rock concerts at the Fillmore, you probably don't realize that there's almost nothing in print about this once-commercial style at what many people would consider a reasonable price. That Peter Max/Underground Comix/Yellow Submarine style just hasn't been well represented in recently published books that won't break the bank.

Until now, that is!

This is an oversized book that collects almost 70 vintage posters from the Vietnam era, along with an exceptionally useful introduction written by the collector from whose files the images are drawn. All of them are in that weird style that first was associated primarily with American hippies but quickly became very mainstream. Eventually even magazine and animated TV ads co-opted some of the techniques displayed here,and the style became passe. However, given that this style isn't over-exposed anymore, I believe you're going to find many fresh things to see here because each poster is reproduced at the full page size. You don't really need a black light to appreciate the design of the posters, but a black light is necessary to get the full effect of the psychedelic coloring scheme.

I'm hoping for a Volume Two.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. H. Rabold on December 4, 2009
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This book is simply a must have if you have any interest in ultraviolet psychedelic posters from the decades gone past. The quality of the binding is tops, and the colours literally leap off the page out at you, with even a nice (yet unexpected) foreword by MGMT. I highly recommend perusing it under a black light as well, you mind will quite simply, never be the same again...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael on August 25, 2014
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I just want to start off by saying that this book is great, the posters are much smaller then a normal black light poster you would buy in a store however they glow nice and bright (some more then others), the subjects are great and the price is great for the amount of posters u get. However there are some bad things as well. 1) very few but some posters have some "scary" images, so if you are buying this in hopes to take "certain chemical substances" and looking at them keep that in mind. 2) most but not all of the posters are front to back ( they have one poster on the front and another on the back) this is bad because some of the ones that are good have one that's just as good on the back so I can't figure out which side to hang. I think I may just buy another copy. That's how good the book is, I'm willing to buy another copy just to get the full experience. Highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meisterman on February 4, 2015
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For the price, it is a great value and there are many awesome posters. The only complaint I would have is they are double sided, so if you hang them on your wall you might love both sides of the sheet but can only hang one side at a time. But other than that it is excellent, and I'm very pleased with this purchase. If you're like me and are looking for cool black light posters to hang in your room, whether it's a bedroom, basement, dorm room, or for special occasions (parties, etc.) look no further.
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